A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” P ” — Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie

Parker Pyne Investigates is a collection of stories revolving around the concept of attaining happiness. An advertisement appears regularly in the newspaper “Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne.”  Parker Pyne is a retired statistician who uses his knowledge and a team of co workers to solve human problems. For a fee , he helps people with maladies like boredom, discontent, unfaithful wives … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” P ” — Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie

A to Z Bloggging Challenge 2021 — ” O ” — Murder On The Orient Express

The Orient Express was a train journey across Europe in a luxury train. Agatha made this trip several times to  accompany bet second husband Sir Max Mallowan on his archaeological expeditions. The murder mystery that she set on this train is a truly unique story. The murder victim is the kidnapper and murderer of a small child who manages to go inpunished. How he gets … Continue reading A to Z Bloggging Challenge 2021 — ” O ” — Murder On The Orient Express

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” N ” — N or M by Agatha Christie

I first saw the book N or M as a child . It was in a bookcase belonging to some people I visited with my family. I guess I was too shy to ask about the book or go up to it and look. Many years later I came across it again and was able to buy it and satisfy my curiosity. The reason I … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” N ” — N or M by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “M” — The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

Finally — I get to write about the book with which it all began. In 1921, Agatha Christie ‘s first book , The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published. This book introduces Hercule Poirot. It is set in the country house genre. The victim is an autocratic rich old lady. There is a large ish closed circle of suspects . In addition, Agatha gets to … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “M” — The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “L — The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie

The Body In The Library is part of the Miss Marple series. It features several familiar and entertaining motifs, primarily, the Library. All Golden Age authors loved using the Library in their books and Agatha is no exception. The library features prominently in most of her books. It is where the we first see the characters arriving one by one for their country house weekend. … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “L — The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “K” — The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie

The King of Clubs is a story featuring Hercule Poirot assisted by Captain Hastings. It chronicles a crime where a family playing bridge on a quiet evening are interrupted by a melodramatic neighbour who has witnessed a crime. This story repeats several of Agatha ‘s favourite motifs. The movements of the family at the time the crime takes place are determined by the evidence of … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “K” — The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “J” — Strange Jest by Agatha Christie

For letter J of the A to Z Blogging Challenge I chose “Strange Jest” because I wanted to talk about Miss Marple. For the next couple of posts I will be discussing this delightful old spinster. The story Strange Jest is a good example of Jane Marple ‘s prowess. Although it runs to less than ten pages, it is long enough to give us a … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “J” — Strange Jest by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” I ” — Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Poirot Investigates is a collection of short stories narrated by Captain Hastings. I chose this title for today because I wanted to write about him. Captain Arthur Hastings is my favourite character in the Poirot series. He makes his appearance alongside Poirot in Agatha ‘s first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1921. Hastings is by nature easygoing, gullible, taking things at face value … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” I ” — Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” H ” — Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

When I took down my copy of Halloween party, to look through for this post, I found a nugget on the first page. I had forgotten about the dedication which reads , ” To P.G. Wodehouse whose books and stories have brightened my life for many years. Also, to show my pleasure in his having been kind enough to tell me that he enjoys MY … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” H ” — Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

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A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” G ” — Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

A middle aged cleaning lady is killed in a small English village. The woman’s lodger is suspected and arrested for the crime. The motive for the crime seems to be the two hundred pounds that the woman kept under a loose floorboard and that the lodger, James Bentley knew about. Superintendent Spence, officer in charge of the case is not satisfied. He seeks expert consultation: … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” G ” — Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie